Welfare of Differently abled:
Displaying characteristic compassion towards
the most vulnerable, Muthamizharignar Kalaignar had
established a separate department for the Welfare of the
Differently Abled giving Tamil Nadu the unique distinction
of being the first State with such a department. In a
similar display of concern and care, the Hon‟ble Chief
Minister has retained the Department for the Welfare of
the Differently Abled under his direct control.
The Hon‟ble Chief Minister has announced that all differently abled persons will be permitted to travel free along with an
attendant in State Government operated buses
throughout the State.
To ensure that all the 9,173 eligible
persons in the wait list are immediately provided
maintenance allowance of Rs.1,500 per month the
budget for payment of maintenance allowance is
being enhanced to Rs.404.64 crore.
The budget provision for aids and appliances has been
enhanced to Rs.50.66 crore to ensure that
9,185 persons in the waiting list are provided with
the appliances of their choice during 2021-22. This
Government will introduce a direct subsidy
payment mechanism for various types of
rehabilitation devices and equipment to offer
eligible persons a greater range of choice.
In another pioneering move for this sector,
Tamil Nadu will launch the RIGHTS programme
with the assistance from the World Bank to cover
early detection and prevention of disabilities,
greater access to maintenance, rehabilitation and
educational services; promotion of skilling and
establishment of productive enterprises by
differently abled persons and expanding the
implementation capacity of the Department of the Differently Abled, with outreach to all parts of the
This project will be a forerunner not only for other
States but for other countries in the world as well and will
be implemented at a total cost of Rs.1,702 crore over a
period of 6 years.